Energy Minister Unveiled $20m Renewable Energy Project

Oct 15 , 2022

Ministry of Water & Energy launched a renewable energy project dubbed Distributed Renewable Energy Agriculture Modalities (DREAM) with funds secured from the Global Energy Alliance for People & Planet and the Africa Development Bank (ADB). The project aimed to address solar-generated energy to agriculture, primarily for irrigation across the Amhara, Oromia, Sidama, and Southern Regional states. It is implemented with a 20 million dollar cost. It is part of Ethiopia's national electrification program, which aspires to cover its geography with electricity in 2030. Over 15,000 people will access energy, clean water, and street lights. The project hoped to replace diesel engine pumps with electric-powered alternatives for the irrigation project on 1,500hcts of land. Recently, the federal government has launched a project to build a hybrid mini-grid power plant in all regions, except Harari, Tigray, and Benishangul-Gumuz, at an estimated cost of 217 million dollars to generate 35MW power. The project will have the capacity to deliver power to 240,000 households.



Women around the Koshe area hunt through piles of trash to find scraps of metal to sell. With close to three million people unemployed in the country and a headline inflation of 33pc, unskilled labour is in little demand. Ethiopia has an adult literacy rate of 51pc, with fewer numbers going past high school. Less than three percent of 12th-grade students made it to universities this year while the rest were at the mercy of remedial exams...



An old wooden car that was part of a commercial campaign by a furniture company around the Beherawi Theatre area. Ethiopia's forest coverage to national land size has been registered at 15pc to the latest data by the World Bank. The current Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched an initiative labelled 'Green Legacy' to plant five billion trees in 2020 claiming an 83pc success...



A young boy attempts to pull a piece of cloth from an overloaded pickup truck around the Ayer Tena area. Observing an unsupervised child on the streets of the capital has become a common sight, with sporadic conflict across the country creating nearly four million internally displaced people. Despite the last census having been conducted 16 years ago, the population of the country is estimated at 120 million...